"Ashis Nandy is a political psychologist and sociologist of science who works at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India. He has worked on cultures of knowledge, visions, and dialogue of civilizations.
Phillip Darby introduces him thus for Overland Magazine: "You might well ask who is Ashis Nandy? And why should his thinking matter to Australians? What relevance has this Indian pundit to our concerns? For those not familiar with the man or his work, he is an original and vigorously independent thinker, with a taste for the unorthodox. He is best known for his writing on colonialism but in recent years he has come to be acknowledged as one of the founding figures of postcolonial studies. He is also India’s foremost public intellectual."
Ashis Nandy: MANAS website UCLA
Ashis Nandy Wikipedia
The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism. Delhi: Oxford UP, 1983. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1988.
"The discussion here is of the psychological problems posed at a personal level by colonialism, for both colonizer and colonized. . . . The bulk of this book concerns British colonialism in India. . . . Nandy argues that gender issues became intertwined with those of race, class, and religion under colonialism, and that the Gandhian movement can be understood in part as an attempt to transcend a strong tendency of educated Indians to articulate political striving for independence in European terms." Ashis Nandy biography essays links
Professor Nandy was a guest at UTS Key University Research Centre in Communication and Culture, Trans/forming Cultures in 2006 Some of us post graduate students presented our projects to him for discussion. I presented on this film project and the complex issues around Tasmania and colonial violence. I remember him responding with a discussion on 'the eerie silence' around the violence of partition in India in 1947.
mp3 of lecture: The Return of the Sacred, the Language of Religion and the Fear of Democracy in a Post-Secular World